Bermuda-a few of my favorite things

Aug 19th, 2006, 03:05 PM
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Mmm, let's see

1 -Kicking back with a Corona at Tobacco Bay.

2 -Grabbing an outside table & having stuffed lobster, Bermuda Rice & Peas & slaw at the Blackhorse Tavern (ooh, & don't forget to sprinkle on the sherry pepper sauce)

3 -Walking the grounds of the Dockyards "fort" and taking the stairs to the top, only to be hustled out of the way by the few remaing wild goats

4 - Listening to the whistling frogs

5 - Duck into the cobblestone alleyways along main street in Hamilton to see what suprises the shopkeepers might have (found a jewler willing to haggle).

6 - Afternoon Tea at the Fairmount Princess & their pools overlooking the harbour.

7 - Standing in the little hideway/historic point of Fort Gates and wondering how the heck the cruise ships make it thru this tiny channel into St. Georges (just breathtaking).

8 - French Toast at Monty's in Hamilton

9 - Checking out the history of Bermuda sailing & schooners at the museum in Dockyard (+ the free samples of rum cake kept me full)

10 - The Bermudain people, friendly & take pride in their island.






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Aug 19th, 2006, 03:10 PM
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Oh yeah, and going to the top of Gibbs Hill Lighthouse, (the view is incredible you can see the whole island) and having lunch at the little English Teah House at the bottom.
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Aug 19th, 2006, 04:36 PM
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Arawak, the prices vary slightly by season and company. I usually rent from Oleander Cycles and you can check their current rates on the website
http://www.oleandercycles.bm
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Sep 8th, 2006, 11:31 AM
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I just happened upon some pics of Bermuda Gombeys on the Royal Gazette's "Spotted on the rock" website!

http://tinyurl.com/kbqcm

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Sep 10th, 2006, 04:21 PM
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Thanks! I'll save it.
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Nov 21st, 2006, 06:39 AM
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cmcfong, and others here:

I am seriously considering taking my 14 yr old daughter to Bermuda for a week over spring break. On her Christmas list she wrote, "I want to spend some vacation time w/Mom alone in a warm place," which melted my heart to say the least.

I have never been there (or anywhere in the Carib. except Mexico), but I got interested due to the US Air fares for that time ($258 RT from D.C.) and this thread. I have spent some time today looking at the accomodations listed by cmcfong above, but before I go further I thought I'd ask:

What places and areas do you think would be good for us? We want nice beach but also proximity to interesting things to do, shopping, dining, sightseeing, etc. I looked at Fourways Inn, and although it looks great, proximity to other places sounds like a challenge (tripadvisor reviews). Also looked at Marley Beach but can't get a feel for location- is it somewhat isolated?

I know my daughter would like good pool action and swimming; she swims competitively and wants to get a bit of sun. And she gets bored easily so we need to be able to get to fun things to do.

I looked at Fairmont Southahampton, great pool but rates are so high ($400 and over). I'd rather keep this at about $200-$250 a night tops, for 5 or 6 nights.

Advice? Thanks in advance.

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Nov 21st, 2006, 07:19 AM
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Hi Eileen, your daughter's Christmas list must have made your day. What a lovely thing for her to say. I don't know when your spring break time will be but you might want to look at the historical weather data on http://www.weather.bm It tends to be cool and the water temps pretty chilly until May.

Bermuda is shaped like a fishhook. On the East end is the historical and charming town of St. George. There are pubs, shops and restaurants but the activity level is fairly tame unless a cruise ship is in port. There are some small beaches and a fort there, but not within walking distance of the town itself. I always spend at least one day in St. George. On the West end is Dockyards/Somerset. There are a craft market, glassworks, pottery, shops and restaurants (the Frog and Onion pub and Beethoven's are popular) and the Dolphin Experience is at the fort.
Since you probably will rely on Bermuda's excellent transportation system (cabs are insanely expensive and mopeds are too tricky), I think you should choose between a South Shore hotel (Surfside is a good reasonably priced option - I don't think Marley would be a good choice as there is nothing in the way of entertainment for a teenager there and the pool is tiny)and a hotel in Hamilton. Hamilton is the business, shopping center of Bermuda and where many of the restaurants are located. It is safe and easy to get around. Rosemont has a nice view, kitchens in the rooms and a pool. It is priced much lower than the Fairmont properties (however it is just a block away from the Fairmont Hamilton so you can always walk down there for the shops, restaurants, etc.) The Edgehill Manor bed and breakfast, Rosedon and Royal Palms are other options in Hamilton.
I would also look at the properties which USAIRWAYS uses for its vacation packages, sometimes the deals are good.
On my trip in two weeks I will be staying at Watercolours on the harbor. To get any where from there I will go by ferry, moped or bus. It is too far to walk to shopping or most restaurants (except Fourways and Blu).
The best priced places tend to be cottage rentals from www.bermudaaccomodations.com and bed and breakfasts). The ones with the most teen friendly activity level would be the Fairmonts and Elbow. A good solution might be to stay at a bed and breakfast near one of the Fairmonts or Elbow.
I love Bermuda and have stayed at many different places over the years. Some places are best when I am with girlfriends, others with DH and others when I am alone. Fourways is really a DH or alone kind of place and Marley is definitely a DH place.
I know my response rambles a bit (I am having a dickens of a time because my post keeps vanishing), so do let me know if there is something more I can tell you.
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How great to see this thread topped. We fly down Thursday! 2.5 more days! Can't wait!
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Nov 21st, 2006, 08:03 AM
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Great info, cmcfong. That weather site has great detail for April 2005 (we would be going April 1-6) and it says it was high 72 and low 62, w/a mean of 66 degrees. I could tkae it a little warmer but I think that is ok.

I will begin looking at all of your suggestions online today and hope to wrap up my reservations this weekend. Will post back w/any further questions. Thank you!

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Nov 21st, 2006, 08:14 AM
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My pleasure, Eileen. If you get a chance look at www.bermudatourism.com which has a listing of all the properties in Bermuda. For rentals: www.bermudagetaway.com, www.bermudarentals.com and www.bermudaaccomodations.com

Bon voyage, Trish. I am hoping you find great weather and the rest you deserve! Travel safely.
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You are the BEST cmcfong! Thank you!!!

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Glad to do it, Cyn.
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Hi Marion, I can't tell if your comment re. being at Nisbet while the Reefs/Nisbet owner was there is negative or positive...Sorry-Would you please expand on that as I am thinking of going to Nisbet on Nevis and would love to hear your opinion. Thanks!
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I'm sorry if my Nisbet post was confusing. I do tend to ramble and have the utmost respect for many of the wonderful folks here who write clear, detailed and concise trip reports

I think my reference to the owner being on property at Nisbet was to say how much interaction he had with the staff and his concern about the details he observed. Maybe it was that....or maybe it was because he was *drop dead gorgeous*, I just noticed him ;-)

I loved Nisbet and Nevis and would go back in a heartbeat

My choice in Bermuda is based on my own mobility issues, and The Reefs was not a good physical *fit* for me.

I think I've rambled again, but hopefully answered your question.

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Marion, Thanks for your clarification...and don't worry abor rambling...we all do!
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